Snoring is a common condition that is currently affecting up to half of all Americans. It occurs more frequently in adult men and overweight people and tends to worsen with advancing age.
According to the sleep foundation, Snoring occurs due to any physical obstruction through the mouth or/and nose. Multiple factors can lead to the blockage of air flow, including:
- Obstructed nasal airways due to structural or medical causes
- Poor muscle tone in the throat
- Bulky throat tissue
- Long soft uvula or soft palate
- Smoking and drug/alcohol abuse
Habitual snoring may leave you exhausted and can be a sign of a severe body condition, including sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea creates several health problems, that may include:
Interruptions of air-breathing – They are usually caused by a partial or total obstruction of the airway.
Light sleep – Due to frequent waking during sleeping hours.
Strain on the heart – Prolonged obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure that may further lead to higher risks cardiac hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart), heart attack and stroke.
Poor night’s sleep – This can interfere with your quality of life and leads to drowsiness during the day.
Common Remedies To Relieve Snoring
Fortunately, you can do plenty of things to relieve snoring. As long as it is not a symptom of a more severe health issue like obstructive sleep apnea, you can eliminate this troublesome problem with following safe and effective remedies.
1. Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight and obesity is one of the most common causes of snoring. Fatty tissue around the neck and under the chin presses the airway and obstructs air flowing in and out freely.
There are several weight loss options available. However, opting for safe and natural ways like homeopathy is more reliable and effective. It also prevents you from severe side effects of fancy remedies.
The homeopathic medicines recommended for weight loss include Natrum Mur, Lycopodium, and Nux Vomica.
2. Treat chronic allergies
Having a deviated septum or nasal allergies can reduce airflow through your nose. Both factors force you to breathe through your mouth that increases the likelihood of snoring. Following tips may help you open your air spaces and treat underlying allergies.
- Keep pets out of your bed.
- Wash your vacuum and bed sheets regularly.
- Use a face mask to avoid contacting allergens present in the air.
- Talk to your doctor about the kind of prescription or over-the-counter allergy medications you may use to improve your condition.
- Lemna minor, Kali sulph, Laurocerasus, Nux vom, and Dulcamara are few remedies which are highly recommended by expert homeopathic physicians for snoring. However, always go to a qualified homeopathic doctor for a final prescription of the remedy.
3. Use Oral Devices
Oral appliances can help keep your nasal passages open, especially if you are not obese or suffering from heavy snoring despite lifestyle changes and common medical remedies. They make it easier for you to breath and prevent snoring.
4. Use a CPAP machine
If medically appropriate, wearing continuous positive airway pressure machine over your nose when you are sleeping can help keep your airways open. CPAP is one of the most recommended remedies to treat sleep apnea.
5. Wear palatal implants
This snoring remedy involves injecting braided strands of polyester filaments. The most common injecting site is the mouth’s soft palate. This procedure stiffens the palate to reduce snoring.
6. Use an external nasal dilator or nasal strips
A nasal dilator or stick-on nasal strips can be placed on top of the nose to help widen the nasal space. They can decrease airflow resistance and make your breathing more effective to reduce snoring.
If none of the above remedies alleviate your symptoms, it’s possible your snoring can be due to a more serious health condition. Talk to your homeopathic doctor or a general physician. They may diagnose your underlying condition and prescribe specific remedies or refer you to a sleep clinic for further analysis.